Title: Environmental sensitivity analysis in Turkey

Authors: Ahmet Kubas; Dilek Altas; Jale Sezen

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Namik Kemal University, Namik Kemal Mahallesi Kampüs Caddesi No. 1, 59030 Tekirdag, Turkey ' Department of Econometrics, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Marmara University, Bahcelievler-İstanbul, Turkey ' Tekirdag Office of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, Tekirdag/Turkey

Abstract: Enhanced industrialisation without planning and the consideration of the environmental factors brings many problems. Environmental pollution, infrastructure, and urbanisation are among the major issues to be taken into consideration. The Thrace region has started the industrialisation process in 1970s and experienced significant improvements. This research has been conducted by considering the local people's participation in solving the environmental problems, their level of knowledge about the environment, and their discomfort and sensitivity. Factor analysis was applied to digitised data obtained from the judiciary factors, and the resulting factor groups were evaluated in themselves. Surface water pollution region is seen as the most important environmental issue, although most of the businesses located in the Thrace region have waste water treatment plants. It has become mandatory that businesses that use water for industrial purposes should establish and operate a joint treatment plant to improve the life quality of people living in the region.

Keywords: environmental sensitivity; factor analysis; quality of life; industrial enterprises; Turkey; environmental pollution; infrastructure; urbanisation; industrialisation; public participation; local communities; water pollution; environmental impact; wastewater treatment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGENVI.2016.076941

International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 2016 Vol.15 No.3, pp.179 - 190

Accepted: 18 Apr 2014
Published online: 08 Jun 2016 *

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